Hanover: New high school set to open on time and under budget

Hanover officials say they’re on track to open the town’s new high school in September, $11 million under budget.

The $50 million building on Cedar St. is being touted as an environmentally-friendly, flexible learning center with “teaching stations” or classrooms that can be adjusted to different educational needs.

The school will also feature common areas big enough to host community meetings.

It will hold 800 students, substantially more than the 600-plus now enrolled in the existing building.

The school is coming in under budget because of lower interest rates and bids that came in 17 percent less than expected.

A complex legal challenge raised by union carpenters had stalled construction.

The court battle included allegations that general contractor Callahan Inc. was illegally selected for the job.

The disagreement delayed construction by about five months but was eventually decided in Hanover’s favor by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In late February, three vandals broke into the new building and went on a two-day rampage, though the damage was eventually covered by Callahan’s insurance.

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Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.